The Ministry of detainees and ex-detainees’ affairs
Due to the large number of Palestinians arrested by the occupation forces inside their jails, an estimated 1 million arrests since 1967, there was an urgent need to establish a governmental institution to sponsor this essential group of Palestinians. The decision to establish the Ministry of Detainees and Ex-Detainees was taken in the cabinet session that was held on 7/8/1998 by a decision of the late President Yasser Arafat, which took upon itself the care of this segment of the Palestinian people. The Prisoners National movement was the name of the body that was responsible of every Palestinian detainee inside the occupation prisons.
The ministry has exerted all the needed efforts to fulfil its duties despite the different obstacles that stand in the face of the ministry including the Israeli attacks, the lack of staff and the lack of financial resources. The ministry worked really hard to achieve the national and Islamic goals that guarantees the detainees all their rights. Moreover, the ministry is working within a frame of clear and systematic policies and programs in order to reach achieve justice and legal rights for the case of Palestinian detainees.
This is evident from the short years of the ministry’s life, which has enriched its experience through its achievements, both in human and material resources management and in the signed agreements that guarantee the rights of prisoners and the services provided through hard work to achieve a decent life for them and their families and maintain a decent life for them.